Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 1984 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order.
Mr Coe: On relevance: the supplementary that Mrs Jones put forward was, in effect, what are the assumptions for the outyears in the budget with regard to the average unimproved value. I ask the Chief Minister to be directly relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Coe. There is no point of order. I think the Chief Minister made the points about unimproved value. Chief Minister, your time has expired.
Budget—justice and community safety portfolio
MS LEE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, yesterday’s budget has a cut of $4.9 million over four years to your directorate to be achieved through portfolio efficiencies and administrative improvements. This is at time of increasing concern over terrorism, organised crime and cyber security. Attorney, what are the portfolio efficiencies and administrative improvements that will cover this cut?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Lee for the question. There are a number of ways in which the directorate will continue to work to improve the efficiencies. Those are often still being negotiated through and planned through. That is a matter of ongoing work with the directorate. But one of the important things to note is the significant improvements that have been made in relation to—
Opposition members interjecting—
Ms Berry: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock.
Ms Berry: Madam Speaker I just heard a member of the opposition refer to the Attorney-General in an unparliamentary manner. He should apologise and withdraw.
Mr Hanson: In response to the point of order, it was I who interjected. What I said was “the Ramsay razor gang”. I am not sure if that is unparliamentary or not. I seek your ruling, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order but I will remind Mr Hanson of the number of times he interjects through question time and, I think, collectively patience is running very thin on his interjections. Attorney-General.
MR RAMSAY: I would like to point out that in relation to the work that is going on in the directorate and within my portfolio there are some very significant investments as part of the budget. We are pleased to have the work going on in relation to the community legal centres, the increased funding in relation to legal aid and the increased funding in relation to the Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as the